Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career-highs against the Lakers.
"In the paint, we're awful and we've got to get tougher. We've got to get a little more stronger there," the Lakers coach said Tuesday. "If we want to be a good team and if we want to get better, then that's definitely a point of emphasis."
Toronto power forward Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points Sunday against the Lakers. Other career-highs against them: Anthony Davis blistered them for 32 points in New Orleans, Washington's Nene Hilario nailed them for 30 and low-scoring Denver center Timofey Mozgov matched his personal best with 23 points.
Gasol needs to step up defensively despite being bothered by a mild sprain in his right ankle.
"We've got to have him back [ability-wise] as soon as we can, obviously, because we're not going to win with Kobe [Bryant] coming back and with Pau struggling," D'Antoni said. "We've got to get them both up to a great level."